Peas And Carrots – 5 Tips To Improve Your Grammar And Spelling

There is nothing like a green vegetable to get a sour look on a child’s face. At least half of my children are not impressed with peas, much less the other greens that make them healthy.

The yuck strategy at my house for consuming the nastiest of foods is pinching your nose and shoving them in with a mouthful of other things. Not sophisticated, but definitely hilarious when one child advises another on the art of the yuck strategy.

As a mom I shake my head and grin. But maybe kids are just a bit like us writers who are not huge grammar and spelling buffs. In fact, growing in the area of grammar and spelling as writer just about makes my gag reflex kick in.

Some writers love their grammar and spelling, but for those of us who would rather have a root canal than pour over grammar books, we need a strategy to get us going.

5 Tips To Improve Your Grammar And Spelling:

*Pack Great Resources. No one is an expert on everything. Utilize computer tools and references to help you grow in grammar and spelling skill.

A few to consider:  The Elements of Style by William Struck   

Self-Editing For Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

Revision And Self-Editing by James Scott Bell

*Ask Your Crit/Craft Buddies To Identify Your Greatest Grammar or Spelling Weakness. Even though we often don’t line edit each other’s work, it is valuable to occasionally ask your crit/craft buddies what they see as the area you need to work on the most.

*Pick One Skill To Target. Focusing on improving one skill at a time with make the task seem doable and help you to chart your own growth easily. It will also help you to avoid being overwhelmed.

*Read One Chapter, Blog, Or Resource On That Skill Every Two Weeks Until You Have Mastered It. Remember the only way to master something is to put it in practice. Edit scenes for that one grammar mistake.

*Keep The Process Rolling. It is so easy to quit working on this area of our writing. Keep going through this list and learning. Just half an hour a week can make a huge difference.

*Disclaimer: If you have found any spelling or grammar errors in this post, it was bound to happen simply because I wrote on grammar and spelling.

Do you love grammar and spelling? What resources do you recommend to improve in this area?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “Peas And Carrots – 5 Tips To Improve Your Grammar And Spelling

  1. Some of us are strong in spelling & grammar while others may be great in plot brainstorming. Identify each of your critique buddies strengths and trade services. There are some great online spelling/grammar helps, too.

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    You are so right, Delores!

  3. The Chicago Manual of Style is another good resource. Spelling and grammar are easier for me than a lot of other elements. lol

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